I am addicted to cooking and baking. I love to find and make delicious recipes. Sometimes I create my own and I post them here. Other times I find a recipe and adapt it. I have posted those recipes here as well. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Simple Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Treat

1 unbaked tortilla (you can find them at Costco – the current brand is Tortilla Land)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons sugar

A spread of butter


Mix cinnamon and sugar together to taste.

Fry tortilla as directed (I fry mine without any oil in a sauteuse pan on medium heat. For best results, preheat the pan before beginning to cook the tortilla.

After the tortilla is cooked on both sides, remove it from the pan and spread a light coat of butter all around the tortilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Shake off extra cinnamon and sugar mixture. Roll up and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crock Pot Lasagna

Crock-Pot Lasagna
This lasagna is easy to make and it layers remarkably well in the crockpot. The first time I made it I was surprised at how well it served up. This is a huge hit with the meat and cheese eaters in my family. The oven ready lasagna noodles made this a quick prep item. Surprisingly, the parsley preparation took longer than any of the other steps.
1 – 2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground turkey (depending on how meaty you want it)
29 oz can tomato sauce ( I used two 24 ounce jars or Prego 3 cheese sauce)
8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked – oven ready (you can find these at Target – Market Pantry brand)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I use the low fat 2% milkfat shredded mozzarella from Target)
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 Large container ricotta (I use low fat)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup parsley (finely minced)
Italian Seasoning (to taste) McCormick’s Perfect pinch…it has oregano, basil and other Italian herbs
1 pinch Fennel seed (optional)
Onion Herb Mrs. Dash (to taste)
Garlic Powder (to taste)
1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray or use a Reynold’s slow cooker plastic liner
2. Brown the ground beef
3. Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef. Add the seasonings to taste.
4. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot
5. Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I break them up so they fit better)
6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Add the parsley. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
7. Repeat these layers twice
8. Top with remaining sauce
9. Cover and cook on low for 4hrs (You can put it on High for the first hour)
10. Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes
* Variation *
1. Add 1/2 cup additional shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of lasagna 5 minutes before serving

Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

I wish I would have had the presence of mind to take pictures of this, but I had been cooking and cleaning all day and I completely forgot. Since today is Valentine’s Eve and I hope to go out to dinner tomorrow, I attempted to make a nice Valentine’s Eve dinner for my family. My husband’s favorite part of the meal was the Alfredo Sauce. He dipped everything in the sauce, asparagus, rolls, the chicken - well all except the fruit salad.

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu – adapted from page 62 of Recipes From the Roof

6-8 servings


Chicken Cordon Bleu

6 skinless boneless chicken breasts

12 thin slices of ham

12 slices of Swiss cheese

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs, beaten (I used olive oil)

2 cups bread crumbs (I food processed croutons to make bread crumbs)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Alfredo Sauce

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 tablespoon diced onion (I eliminated the onion)

½ teaspoon chopped garlic

1 cup heavy cream (I used 1 ¾ cup heavy cream)

1 cup whole milk (I used ¼ cup 2% milk)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used about a cup)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon white pepper (I used double that – season to taste)

1 – 2 tablespoons cornstarch (if needed)

For the chicken cordon bleu: Pound each chicken breast with a meat mallet to about ¼ inch thick. Place 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of Swiss cheese on each flattened chicken breast and roll it up jelly roll style. Freeze rolled breasts until completely frozen.

Place the flour, eggs (olive oil), and bread crumbs into three separate shallow containers.

Dredge the frozen chicken breast in the flour; next dip it into the eggs (olive oil), and finally coat it in the bread crumbs. Make sure the entire chicken breast roll is covered evenly. Freeze again.

When ready to bake, brush melted butter on the frozen rolled chicken and bake at 350 degrees F. until the meat thermometer registers 165 degrees F, internally, about 30-45 minutes. It took about an hour to cook in my oven.

For the Alfredo Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter and (saut̩ onions Рif desired) and garlic for 3 minutes. Add cream and milk. Stir with a whisk and slowly add parmesan cheese once the cream and milk begin to bubble. Keep stirring until cheese is melted. Add salt and white pepper. Makes 2 cups.

To serve, cut chicken into wheels for presentation and spoon Alfredo sauce on top.

Served with steamed asparagus, rice, fresh homemade rolls, and a fruit salad.

(We had this for Valentine’s Eve. The table was decked out in a vinyl heart tablecloth, with red heart shaped melamine salad plates, heart printed valentine melamine dinner plates, red heart silicone trivets, red silicone coasters and I covered my bread basket with valentine dish towels.)